Fall Back into Your Genealogy Research with Four Free New Programs! – Wisdom Wednesday

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break from our regular Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club Meetings.  Now that everyone has had an opportunity to travel, conduct research, and maybe hit up a few cemeteries with the BillionGraves App, its time to mark your calendars for the four outstanding free Genealogy Club programs we have coming up this fall.

We’re kicking off September with Jennifer Holik and her presentation of The Day That Lived in Infamy on Wednesday, jhinfamySeptember 9 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook. Navigating World War II Military Records.  Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors even when your requests for records are marked as ‘burned’. Jennifer assist participants through the process of researching sources such as military records, books, photographs, and family stories.
Jennifer has recently published two new WWII research guides entitled Stories from the World War II Battlefield which you can purchase online.  Her website also has a very helpful WWII Research Toolbox with a free downloadable research guide as well as helpful resource links.

eastlandThis year marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s most tragic maritime event.  The  DuPage Historical Museum, DuPage County Genealogical Society, and the Fountaindale Public Library have teamed up to bring you a program entitled “The Eastland Disaster – An Unparalleled Tragedy” on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.  This event is free and will be held at the DuPage County Historical Museum located at 102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton.  A century after the accident occurred, the Eastland Disaster continues to haunt Chicago’s river geography and genealogy. Find out what happened during a presentation given by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, featuring the two granddaughters of survivor Bobbie Aanstad.

Social hour and refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short business meeting of the DuPage County Genealogical Society.  Reserve tickets online or by calling 630-510-4941.

1ladyliberty003Fall is the perfect time to compile your family history goals for the winter.  Refine the search for your colonial era ancestors with our “Three Generations Without Documentation” program on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.  Learn what resources and information are available when your paper trail goes cold!  The Isle a la Cache chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available for one on one consultations before and following the program.  The volunteers and genealogists in this group are very dedicated to helping new people discover their revolutionary ancestors, so if this is on your to-do list of projects you will certainly want to check out this program!

The last Genealogy Club meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 Europe smallp.m. and will feature Jacquie Schattner’s “Guide to Overseas Genealogy”.  This is a great program where you will learn the history of immigrant travel into the US and the how to find records in most European countries.  Jacquie has presented several programs for CAGGNI, and she is a very knowledgeable speaker.  If you have ancestors from several European countries, this is a great way to learn about several before diving back into your research.

See You At The Library!

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Road Trip Audiobook Picks for Genealogists – Travel Tuesday

Well friends, it’s time to hit the road.  Pack those bags, book your airbnb accommodations, and seek those elusive genealogy records.  Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or train, you’re going to want to bring along a few books to burn through your travel time, and I highly advocate picking up something in an audiobook format.

With the right narrator, audiobooks are the best format to take with you on a long trip, especially when you’re traveling solo.  You have the benefit of enjoying the sparkling conversation of another person without the long awkward silences.  And you never have to fight over the car radio, which is a bonus!

For the sake of this review, I’m linking directly to items available on Audible.com.  If you’re new to Audible, you can download a free audiobook with a 30 day trial membership.  Each book on the site offers an audio sample of the title, and user reviews which I have found to be very insightful.

One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson
This is a must-read summer book!  I’m a gushing fangirl for anything Bill Bryson, and One summereverything I’ve read has been outstanding.  From the title, you could as ‘Why 1927?’  The answer is surprising.  Bill Bryson pens a journey through the front page headlines and equally obscure events of May through September 1927, leaving the reader engaged, entertained, and ready to read more!  From Babe Ruth’s home run streak to the Mississippi River flood, you’ll be privy to the misadventures of murders, anarchists, consumer goods, and Charles Lindburg’s transatlantic flight.   This is an amazing book that cannot be prized highly enough!

In the Garden Series by Nora Roberts
There are three books in this series – Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily.  What happens when you combine three unique women with a flower business and a genealogical murder mystery?  An excellent and compelling read!  Genealogists will enjoy the family research happenings  in the third book Red Lily, and there’s a slight problem with a researcher using a non-available federal census, but it’s a great read.  This is trilogy, so yes, you will want to read them in order.

Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries by Steve Robinson
What type of trouble targets a hardworking genealogist?in the blood Jefferson Tayte manages to close genealogical cold cases successfully by siting sources, visiting clients, and thwarting the plans of past and present criminals.  From loyalist families swept up in the American War of Independence to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Steve Robinson has an excellent feel for blending family history with the elements of a detective story.  You will want to read his books in order: In the Blood, To the Grave, The Last Queen of England, and The Lost Empress.  To see the genealogy behind the books, visit his website.

On a related note: Want to read more about about tragedies at sea?  You’ll want to read Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson and a fictional genealogical adventure  Three Fates by Nora Roberts.  These two books are a combination great storytelling amid intense human drama.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
the oregon trailEver ponder a pioneer journey in a covered wagon headed west? Rinker Buck asked that question and soon found himself traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon led by a team of mules. An adventure true to the vein of a PBS mini-series, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey documents a journey which hasn’t been experienced in a century, and which manages to capture the history of the trail, its people, and how it shaped our nation. A pleasing read to anyone who has felt the need to move in the footsteps of their ancestors, this book will satisfy your need for history and adventure in one fell swoop.

Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine by By Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropfhunley
Emerging from the depths of Charleston Harbor, the H.L. Hunley is an amazing Civil War story of the Confederacy’s innovation and desperation to end an economic blockade. Designed as the first documented working submarine, the H.L. Hunley disappeared  on February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship somewhere in Charleston Harbor. Then, on August 8, 2000, with thousands of spectators crowding Charleston Harbor, the Hunley was raised from the bottom of the sea and towed ashore. I was on vacation with my family on the Isle of Palms near Charleston when the Hunley was rescued from Charleston Harbor, and the video footage from the event really sparked my imagination. To relive that summer of discovery, I checked out Raising the Hunley, and I loved it. There’s a shorter edition of this book for teens and older children entitled Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by  Sally M. Walker, and it’s a great way to share this amazing story with the next generation of family historians.

The Arcane Society Series by Jayne Ann Krentz, et all.arcane
Writing under three pen names for this series, author Jayne Ann Krentz has an thirteen book (and counting) series of which combines paranormal romance with family history. Interweaving past, present, and future members of several families, the Arcane Society is an engaging and well-paced series of a secret society of people with psychic abilities. Solving murders, investigating crimes, and keeping their exploits out of the newspapers is just part of life in the Arcane Society, and each book brings more of their adventures to light.  You can start the series with the first book Second Sight, and to plan your reading strategy going forward, you can find a full list of the series on Library Thing.

Quick List of More Great Reads:
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
A Skeleton in the Family
(Family Skeleton Mystery Series) by Leigh Perry
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
by Bill Bryson

wright brothers  skeleton in the family  at home
To keep costs low, visit your local library to checkout audiobooks.  For the low-tech oriented, you should be able to score just about any title on Audio CD or Playaway.  Playaways are brilliant for airplane trips, as they are simple to use and are small enough to put in your pocket.  If you’re in a hurry, and want to checkout items from home, try using your library’s digital collection of audiobooks online.

With a shiny new passport it looks like I’m off on a multi-city trip for genealogy research for the next few weeks.  Leave your comments or suggestions of your audiobook titles on our blog.  Go out there and make this summer’s road trip one to remember!

See you sometime in August!

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Making a Home on the Homestead – Those Places Thursday

During the course of your research, you’ll have a nagging feeling of neglect for a certain person or family group.  Maybe you were satisfied with your research and wondered off to more pressing projects.  Perhaps you hit a brick wall and left to pursue other projects out of frustration.  Or just maybe you were lured away by all those lovely Irish Parish Records which were just released for free online through the National Library of Ireland.  Lovely stuff, parish records.

I’ve just returned from a research trip in Northern Georgia, where I was lured to several cemeteries, libraries, and archives in search for records for my mother’s application for the Daughters of the American Revolution.  I think I have sources for nearly all the records I need now, apart from a few pesky marriage records.  (Why can’t I find a marriage for these people?  Geeze!)  After spending so much time researching the maternal line of my family, my post research trip priorities began to shift to my father’s homesteading ancestors.

The nagging feeling for switching gears in my research began with guilt.  Guilt that I’d been visiting with one side of the family more than the other.  Without a 1890 census for reference, I had to look at an 1885 Nebraska State Census and the 1900 US Federal Census.  Here are Frank and Anna Dudek with their children Agnes, Jennie, Frederick, Frank, and Albert as well as Anna’s mother Anna Kucera.  Heaven bless the 1900 Federal Census enumerator Andrew J. Ruddy, as he included a date of birth for all family members during his visit to the household on June 27, 1900.

Dudek 1900 Census
From the the original homestead record signed by President Garfield, I used Historic Map Works to overlay a 1899 plat map to the present day Google Earth map.  The 160 acre Dudek farm has been swallowed up by a larger farm, so the sod cabin, barns, and outbuilding are completely gone.

My new mission has been trying to piece together the lives of my ancestors on a former homestead property.Dudek horses  I have a few snippets of information from the original homestead document, a signed affidavit of property ownership (for legal or identity purposes), those gorgeous maps on Historic Map Works,  family stories, and a treasured photograph of Frank Dudek with his work horses.  My parents have Frank and Anna’s original bedroom suit, which they brought with them from Cleveland to Nebraska in 1883.  In a quick browse through the family library, I located at least three books which had been purchased for the Dudek children for their homestead adventure from 1883-1903 such as The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, and Rip Van Winkle.  Due to the ages of the children, it is a possibility the older girls received The Secret Garden and Black Beauty well before their younger brother scrawled his name ‘Bertie Dudek’ in each one of the books.

I watched all the episodes of the PBS series Frontier House in one night, and gleaned some ideas of what daily life was like on an 1882 farm.  The skills and tasks of traditional and modern farm life is available on The Prairie Homestead, which is a fantastic a wonderful resource!  The cheese making and natural insect repellent recipes are on my to-do list this week.  The Smithsonian Institute hosts a kid-friendly Life in a Sod House page with free downloadable worksheets and activities.  Simple, yes.  Entertaining?  Absolutely!  I wished I had access to these worksheets when I was growing up!

One of my last tasks in this mission to bring the past back to life was through the family dinner table.  What were some of the dishes they would have served or ate?  Frank and Anna Dudek were married in February 1882, and Anna may have received a cookbook as a wedding present or as a farewell gift before heading to their Nebraska farm in June 1883.  Staying true to the time period, I found a copy of Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery by Marion Harland and found an array of simple dishes, soups, and a hefty amount of household advice.  This recipe for Turkey Scallop sounds easy and rather interesting:
turkey scallop
I have a few alternative resource strategies to learn more about the Dudek family and their time in Nebraska.  I found a great downloadable resource from the Nebraska State Historical Society called A Place in History: Researching Your Nebraska Property.  It’s definitely a must-read for anyone researching Nebraska land records.

For anyone who’s interested in seeing a map overlay of your ancestor’s property, you will definitely want to register for a free Historic Map Works account, which includes a lot of the major services of the site at no charge.  Some of the premium resources can be purchased by subscription or on a pay-as-you-go format.  An annual subscription will set you back about $130, but check your local library or archive to see if they subscribe to the service.   Keep your fingers crossed, as Historic Map Works may be provided on this year’s Try-It! Illinois Database Trial in October and November 2015.  This trial will allow you to access Historic Map Works, Ancestry Library Edition, the Digital Sandborne Maps, Online Newspapers, and other amazing resources for free for the whole two month run of the trial.  I’ll have an update about Try-It! Illinois in early October.

So now, I have a new purpose for researching homesteading ancestors.  There are still a few questions I have regarding the land records, but now I have a new excuse to raid the family book shelves, write to extended cousins, and contact the Boone County Historical Society in Nebraska.  I can’t wait to get started!

The next Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. when Jennifer Holik will present The Day that Lived in Infamy: Researching Your World War II Ancestors.  Jennifer has published a two volume set of books on the subject which are available for purchase on Amazon.  She will also have copies of her books for sale on the day of the program.

Also in September, the Fox Valley Genealogical Society will host George G Morgan at their 22nd Annual Conference on Saturday, September 26.  Mr. Morgan will give four one-hour lecture topics on Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online, Five Reason the Records Aren’t In the Courthouse, Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered, and Sidestep Genealogy.  Tickets are available online or by mail, and you will definitely not want to miss it!

See You at the Library!

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Seven Summer Fun Ideas for Genealogists – Travel Tuesday

Summertime is fun time, and there’s nothing better than experiencing the history and family legend in a new location.  Whether you’re getting out of the house to research with your friends or you’re in need of a cultural holiday, here are ten suggestions which will help you take advantage of the beautiful weather. Pack up the car and get ready to take your genealogy and history adventures on the road this summer!

#1 The BillionGraves Field Trip
If you own the bumper sticker ‘I Break for Cemeteries’, you probably will want to take on abilliongravesgraphic BillionGraves Field Trip.  Break out your smart phone and get out of the house with fellow genealogists to capture cemetery headstones locations and transcriptions with the BillionGraves App.  You will want to bring your smartphone or data-plan enabled tablet, weather appropriate accessories, a good pair of sturdy shoes, and snacks and water for your outing.  If you need suggestions, you may want to try to survey these Chicagoland area sites: Wunders Lutheran CemeteryRidge Lawn Cemetery, and New Light Cemetery.
Cost: Snacks and Gas
Payoff: Good genealogical Karma

#2  Join a Meetup!
When you’re looking to recruit a genealogical posse, you will want to meet people who share some of your interests.  A great way to meet new people and enjoy social events, activities, and programs is by joining Meetup.com.  Registration is free and the site offers groups of all interests and locations to plan and host events.  Here are a few of my favorite historical and cultural groups on the site:
Chicago Art Deco Society – Celebrates the unique aesthetic of the Interwar Period including fine and decorative arts, architecture and fashion that defined the elegant Art Deco and Streamline Modern era through Social Events, Historic Preservation, and Educational Lectures.
Walking Across Chicago – Celebrates notable figures and the inspirations for Chicago’s great streets, by walking the entire length of each street. The streets serve as a narrative thread weaving together disparate communities, industrial remnants and new developments, history and mystery.
The Northwest Chicago History Meetup Group – Meet others in your local area interested in the history of Chicago’s northwest side neighborhoods. This meetup hosts discussion groups, public tours and events, and dissemination of historical documents and photos though publications.
Culinary Historians of Chicago & Chicago Foodways Roundtable – This group studies the history of food and drink in human cultures, down to the procurement, preparation and social influences.  Bring your love of learning and your appetite to this meetup!
Cost: Transit and group fees (if any)
Payoff: New friends and fun experiences

#3  Take A Walking Tour
Break out the sneakers and put on your sunglasses!  Walking tours are a great activity when you’re flying solo or entertaining guests.  The Chicago History Museum offers walking tours of Bohemian National Cemetery, while the Chicago Architectural Foundation touts numerous walking tours including it’s immensely popular Devil and the White City Tour.  These tours often sell out ahead of time, so you’ll want to book your tickets online early!
Cost: $25 to $55 depending on the tour
Payoff: Fresh air, cool Facebook updates, and awesome selfie photos

#4  Catch a Silent Film
When you need a break from the evening heat, you won’t want to miss the Chicago Silent chicago silent filmFilm Society’s Summer Series on Thursdays at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge.  The Summer Series features movies from the best actors and actresses of the silent film era such as Mary Pickford, Clara Bow, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino, and Charlie Chaplin.  The series runs July 30 through September 3, and each event includes live organ performances and special musical acts.  The summer series movie list has not been released yet, but you can check for updates on the Chicago Silent Film Society website.
Cost: $7-$10 per film
Payoff: Unique movie experience and bragging rights

#5   Cool Online Classes
If you don’t have a library card but want to take an online class, check out the exceptional offerings on Future Learn.  Future Learn offers free online classes from some of Great Britain’s best universities to anyone aged 16 and older.  Classes last between three to six weeks, and encompass a variety of interests.  Some of the classes offered this summer are World War 1: Paris 1919 – A New World Order, England in the Time of King Richard III, and Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923.
Cost: Free
Payoff: Knowledge and new online friends

#6  Free Museum Nights
You don’t have to pay big bucks to see some of Chicago’s best museums!  Save your freemuseummuseum outings for the free days found throughout the summer, and you’ll have money left over for souvenirs and eating out.  You can find a full list of free summer museum days here.  Here’s another money saving tip: use SpotHero to find a cheap parking spot.  I paid $11 for a 6 hour parking space within a six minute walk to the Field Museum and a $12 all day parking spot across from the Museum of Modern Art.  Talk about a deal!
Cost: Free + Cost of Parking
Payoff: Museum entry and trouble-free parking

#7   Outside Research Sessions
Take your laptop, call your friends, and make a date at one of the many outside patios, restaurants, or rooftop decks around the city for a research session.  Time Out Chicago has a great list of locations  around the city and suburbs for all culinary tastes and budget points.  Make sure you have internet access and a full laptop battery, as not every location will have easy access for outlets and wi-fi.  I can personally recommend the rooftop space of Terzo Piano on the top floor of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Go on Thursdays for for a late lunch and stay from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for free entry to the museum.  If a beer garden is more your style, I suggest Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen.  Gene’s has an absolutely wonderful rooftop deck! In beautiful weather, you may need to finagle a table for you and your friends, but the beverages, fresh sausages, pretzels, and potato pancakes are well worth the wait!
Cost: $5 and up.  No judging on your bar tab.
Payoff:  Sun, fresh air, and help with research

Do you have a fun genealogy plan or activity for the summer?  Leave your suggestion on our blog!

See you at the Library!

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Learning About Lincoln 150 Years After His Death – Wisdom Wednesday

wb-15-lincolnThis has been a big year for history buffs.  As we turn the calendar page on May 2015, there were several history milestones marking the end of America’s Civil War.  Most notably there was an amazing Abraham Lincoln Funeral Reenactment in Springfield, Illinois on May 2 & 3, 2015.  This was an outstanding event hosted by the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition.  To visit the Lincoln home during this event was truly an outstanding experience.

lincoln funeral

A reenactment photographer sets up his camera for the funeral to pass by the Lincoln home on May 3, 2015.

Showcasing the sixteenth president’s contribution to history, the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook is hosting a special exhibit entitled Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War now through June 27, 2015.  The exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.  This unique exhibit will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library, and is free and open to the public.

There are three great programs planned for late May and early June!

Abraham Lincoln: Commander in Chief  – Sunday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.
Examine the life and politics of Abraham Lincoln in a program hosted by local historian David Overeem. Look beyond the myth of ‘Honest Abe’ and you will find a shrewd and decisive leader who’s political influence can be felt today.

Celebrating Lincoln Reception – Thursday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a performance by Chris Vallillo as he treats you to the popular songs of the Lincoln era.  Dessert will be served, so stop in and enjoy the music!

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. Free teaching and homeschooling resources for Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War are available online.

Also on Display


A Yankee Private’s Civil War is a special exhibit featuring the wartime experiences of Pvt. Robert Hale Strong of the 105th Illinois Infantry. The exhibit will detail Strong’s Civil War service in his own words from enlistment through his arrival home to his family’s Royce Road farm, located between present day Bolingbrook and Naperville.  Copies of this book are available for checkout at the library.

Interested in visiting the final resting places of the Strong family and their early pioneer neighbors?  Strong’s parents and several of his siblings featured in his memoirs are buried in Bolingbrook’s historic Boardman Cemetery.  Contact the DuPage Township Office for a tour!

To register for exhibit programs or for more information, contact the Fountaindale Public Library Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

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Get Ready for Genealogy Day this Saturday May 2, 2015! – Motivation Monday

Genealogy Day is this Saturday, and I hope you all are excited about spending the day withcoal mining
the Fountaindale Public Library!  Genealogy Day registration begins at 9 am, with the program commencing at 9:30 am.  Here’s a quick checklist of what you will need for Saturday, May 2, 2015:

Bring or Order your lunch – There’s still time to order your Box Lunch from Books Cafe.  If you forget your lunch on the day of our program, you can place a lunch order at Brooks Cafe during morning registration.  Some food selections may be limited, so you’ll want to place your order before 9:30 am!

Bring a seat cushion –  You will be sitting for extended periods of time, so a little padding is advisable.  If you want to make a few new friends, bring extra seat cushions.

Clip Board – Due to space constraints, we will have audience style seating in the room.  We recommend bringing a clip board for writing copious notes.

Two Photos – Regardless of registration for photo consultation, we have some awesome scanning equipment available for you to use!  If you need help on an item, Anna and Agnes from Studio 300 are offering digital photo restoration services as time allows.

Flash drive – Great for saving your new digital images from our scanning equipment.  In a pinch, we will have a few flash drives available, or you can purchase a snazzy Fountaindale Public Library flash drive from Anna for $8 during Genealogy Day.

Library Card – We will have a great genealogy book selection available for checkout!  If you don’t have a Fountaindale library card, you can sign up at the information desk to be a reciprocal borrower, which allows you to checkout books from our library free of charge!

Show your Love for Lincoln: Register for our upcoming programs scheduled during
our “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” exhibit.  Programs include movies, documentary films, lectures, family events, and lecture programs, and a music performance by Chris Vallilo.  Chris will bring the popular tunes from the era to our library on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m.  You can hear “Shawneetown” from his album Abraham Lincoln in Song online.

If you are unable to attend Genealogy Day, please cancel your registration online or call us at (630) 685-4176.  There is a wait list for people to attend our event, so please let us know if you cannot attend.

I am at your service to assist with questions before, during, and after the program!  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need anything!  You can contact me by phone at (630) 685-4201 or by e-mail at ddudek@fountaindale.org.

See you on Saturday!


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Space still available for Genealogy Day on Saturday May 2, 2015! – Follow Friday

There’s still time to register for our amazing Genealogy Day!   Join us our fantastic free program on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 am to 4 pm and learn more about the following genealogical topics:

Digging for Coal Mining Genealogy Resources with Richard Joycecoal mining
We’ll examine the coal mining industry in northern Illinois and then discuss a variety of genealogical sources dealing with miners and their communities.

Researching Religious Records with Maureen Brady
Maureen will provide a brief overview of religious records for genealogy research. The program will cover ethnic, denominations, with an emphasis on British migration to North America and North American religious records.

Gifting Genealogy Research to the Next Generation
Have you thought about what will happen to your genealogy research after you are gone? After you’ve done all that genealogy research, it is human nature to want to see it passed on and not discarded as if it had no meaning or importance.  This panel discussion will help you plan your genealogy estate, bequeath your research, set up gifts in a will, find donation depositories, and ensure what you’ve compiled isn’t left in a garbage dump.

Digital Photo Restorations
Need help with a photo restoration?  Our Studio 300 staff will be available help scan and digitally restore two of your photos.  Don’t forget to bring a flash drive so you can save and bring your digital photos home with you!

Society Booths
We have several groups exhibiting at the conference, including the Isle a la Cache Chapter of the NSDAR, the DuPage County Genealogical Society, and the Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission.  You will want to set aside some time to see what new and exciting genealogy projects and programs are happening in our area!

Order Your Lunch
Skip the line and order your Genealogy Day lunch from Brooks Cafe using their Box Lunch Order Form.   If you forget your lunch on the day of our program, you can place a lunch order at Brooks Cafe during morning registration. Some food selections may be limited, so you’ll want to place your order before 9:30 am!

I am at your service to assist with questions before, during, and after the program! Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need anything! You can contact me by phone at (630) 685-4201 or by e-mail at ddudek@fountaindale.org.

See you on Saturday!


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